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No Scrubs? Not So Fast! Peep St. Ives In-Shower Exfoliating Body Polishes

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For me, the “no scrubs” anthem isn’t exclusive to triflin’ men. Sadly for me, my ultra sensitive skin often reacts adversely to body scrubs — we’re talking redness, rashes, bumps and even swelling. It’s a cruel, cruel joke, but trying to exfoliate and reveal a new layer of “younger, smoother skin” (and whatever other terminology they use ad nauseum in commercials) is an exercise in futility. After many trials and even more errors, I’ve been lucky to discover a handful of scrubs catering to sensitive skin — but sometimes, those are so gentle that they don’t accomplish much of anything. So it was with a great deal of trepidation (and the expectation of some serious discomfort) that I tested out these body polishes from St. Ives. Luckily, these scrubs were delicate enough for my eerily hyperactive skin, and they managed to make me reconsider exfoliating on a routine basis.

One of the most convenient features of these body polishes is the fact that they’re designed for use on damp skin. The whole notion of applying a scrub onto your dry skin and and then rubbing it in like you’re sanding a piece of furniture, all before stepping underneath a water spout, is a little preposterous. For one, it can actually be a painful proposition. And second, how many times have you remembered that you intended to exfoliate only after you’d lathered up? Were you annoyed? Yep, I know the sentiment well.

With the St. Ives In-Shower Exfoliating Body Polishes, the process just seems way more streamlined: you step in the shower, scoop a bit of the polish out, rub it onto your damp skin, then rinse. Doesn’t that sound way more logical?

These polishes contain fine sugar crystals and 100% natural extracts that nourish skin as they smooth it out in the least abrasive manner. Three types of polishes are available: the Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Polish, my personal favorite, which really hydrates and soothes the skin; the Collagen Elastin Body Polish, which restores a bit of elasticity to skin; and the Mineral Therapy Body Polish, which is designed for extra gentle skin.

St. Ives In-Shower Exfoliating Body Polish, $6.99. Available at mass drug and food retailers nationwide. For more information, visit StIves.com

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